Most beautiful library in every US state.

Click the link to see each of the most beautiful libraries through the United States.

Have you visited any of these?

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The ‘other’ book, audiobooks- via Everyday Reading

I often find myself alternating between reading physical books and listening to audiobooks and the two generally overlap. While I have a short commute to work I find it much more entertaining to listen to an audiobook than anything else. Click the link for tips on how to get started yourself.

Any audiobook suggestions?

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Preview: Netgalley shelf for April and May

Here’s a quick preview of my Netgalley TBR! I’m am currently reading Book One of the Themis Files Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neufeld in preparation to read and review Book Two Waking Gods. So far I am loving it! 

I have a few awesome reviews publishing this month. Here’s a peek:

Monday March 13th 

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan 

Monday March 20th

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker 

Monday March 27th 

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff 

Have you read any of these? I’m looking forward to then immensely. 

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Book Review: The Girl Before by JP Delaney

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Maybe that’s the real point of The Rules, as we’ve already dubbed them. Maybe it isn’t simply that the architect’s a control freak who’s worried we’ll mess up his beautiful house. Maybe it’s a kind of experiment. An experiment in living.

The story of One Folgate Street is told through the two alternating narratives of Emma, set in the past, and Jane, set in the present. It begins when each of these women are searching for a place to live- Emma, along with her boyfriend Simon, to escape the terror of her previous home following an alleged burglary and Jane to escape the grief she’s experiencing following a stillbirth. Both women are brought to the house and are simultaneously in awe of the design and technology and the massive list of rules.

There are about two hundred stipulations in all. But it’s the final one that causes the most problems.

Neither are deterred and we quickly see what the house will mean for them both. They grow accustomed to the way of life the house requires. They also grow closer to it’s architect, Edward Monkford. He seduces them with an unusually practiced hand and he charms them with his distinct personality that is echoed in his design and belief.

Perhaps architecture isn’t really about buildings at all, he says. We accept that town planning is a kind of architecture, after all. Motorway networks, airports— these too, at a stretch. But what about technology? What about that invisible city in which we all stroll, or lurk, or play: the Internet? What about the frameworks of our lives, the bonds that tie us, our aspirations and our baser desires? Are these not also structures, in a way?

The affairs become tangled due, in part, to Emma’s resistance to conform and Jane’s discoveries. Not long after Jane moves in she is accosted by a man leaving flowers at her door. What she learns about the previous tenant both shocks her and spurs her to uncover the secrets of One Folgate Street.

He looks straight at me. His eyes are haggard. “She was murdered. The coroner recorded an open verdict but everyone— even the police— knew she’d been killed. First he poisoned her mind, then he killed her.”

However, it becomes clear that things are not quite what they seem at first- leading Emma into a police investigation and Jane to question her decision to live there.

I’ve never found One Folgate Street a frightening place. But now the silence and the emptiness seem to take on a more sinister hue. Ridiculous, of course; like being scared after hearing a ghost story. But all the same, I select the brightest light setting and go around checking for— what? Not intruders, obviously. But for some reason the house no longer feels quite so protective.

Rapid fire revelations clarify the numerous scenarios that play out throughout the story. Along the way, Emma and Jane are fleshed out and their reasons for moving to One Folgate Street add dimension to this domestic thriller. The Girl Before goes beyond the generic suspense and reveals the deeper psychology behind grief and our struggle to cope.

Freud talks about something he called repetition compulsion. That is, a pattern in which someone acts out the same sexual psychodrama over and over again, with different people allotted the same unchanging roles. At a subconscious or even a conscious level, they’re hoping to rewrite the outcome, to perfect whatever it was that went wrong before. Inevitably, though, the same flaws and imperfections they themselves bring to the relationship destroy it, in exactly the same way.

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by JP Delaney

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A review copy of this title was provided by Random House- Ballentine via Netgalley.

Excerpt: The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan- via Read It Forward

Start reading an excerpt from The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir and keep an eye out for my review in the coming weeks.

Thoughts?

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Feminist books to keep you fighting- via Popsugar

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Book Review: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

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After that, I started to get fascinated by the whole situation, mostly because I noticed a bunch of weird stuff. Which was how I figured out Lizzie Lovett’s secret.
 The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti follows Hawthorn Creely, with all of her quirks and insecurities, as she delves deeply into uncovering the reason behind a local girl’s disappearance. Determined to leave no theory unexplored, Hawthorn takes to the woods where the disappearance occurred to satiate her need for answers.
Lizzie Lovett went into the woods and never came out. But I would. I would come back with all her secrets.
Lizzie Lovett appears to everyone, especially Hawthorn, as the eptiome of perfect highschool popularity- pretty, well-liked and stuck-up. She is the opposite of Hawthorn in every way. However, as the story progresses, Hawthorn learns this may not be quite true. A complicated love interest, developed as a result of her investigation, helps her see that.
Lizzie was… magnetic. But once you started talking to her, you realized there was no substance. She’s the kind of person who can be summed up in one sentence. You’re strange and complicated and sometimes really frustrating, but that’s what makes you interesting, Hawthorn. Doesn’t that mean something?

As the plot move along it becomes more about Hawthorn finding herself in the midst of finding answers to the disappearance of Lizzie Lovett. As she learns more about Lizzie’s life post-high school she quickly sees life doesn’t revolve around popularity and cliques. She learns that you are not defined by people but rather by yourself.

I would never have the guts to walk away from everything and everyone I knew. I thought of Lizzie, of course. Like Sundog, she shed her old skin and became someone new, started over from scratch. I wished I had their courage.
Hawthorns theories about Lizzie take both sinister and fantastical turns satisfying her need for adventure and mystery. Eventually she comes to learn the truth and is left with the stark realization that things, and people, aren’t always what they seem.
There was no shapeshifting involved. Hers was a much simpler story than that. Afterward, everyone nodded and said of course, of course, as if they’d known what happened all along. But they didn’t. How could they have known? Their guesses were as good as mine.
Sedoti has crafted a solid coming-of-age tale that will be easily relatable to anyone who has ever felt to be a little outside of “normal”.
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A review copy of this title was provided by Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley.